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My own experience has been more intimate with this tribe, though I have known many of the other groups. Among the many Karen members of the mission staff who have helped in the gathering of materials, I can only mention Thras San Gyi San Kwe, Po Myaing, and Shwe Thee, of Tharrawaddy; Thra Pan Ya Se, of Shwegyin; and Thra Aung Gaing, of Insein, who gave me a full account of the Karen of Siam. P." are the work of a Karen schoolboy from Tavoy, Saw Day Po, who, to his credit it should be said, drew them without having had any instruction in drawing whatever. The necessity for careful observation and thorough investigation has not been without its benefits to me. After a while the Chinese came along and told them how to open the shells to get out the meat; and then, having eaten, they followed the old man, only to find that the plantain stalks he had cut off had shot up so high that it seemed impossible to overtake him. The patriarch went on, taking with him the magic comb which has never been discovered to this day.This circumstance, together with the fact that the Bwe and Taungthu peoples have already been described in the Upper Burma Gazetteer, as well as the limitations of space, has led me to limit my discussion to brief references to the other tribes. The undertaking has been exacting and quite instructive, even if it had benefited no one but myself. While this tradition is not confined to the Karen,[2-1] it has a bearing, I believe, on their origin. Probably there are about half a million Sgaws in Burma and perhaps another 50,000 in Siam,[1-2] which would make them the most numerous branch of the race. The Sgaw dialect is not "driving out the Pwo" as rumor says, but is merely holding its own better against the Burmese.If the reader will have the patience to read these pages, it is hoped that he will realize that, though the Karen have lived for generations in the closest proximity to the Burmese, they preserve their own racial traits, which are quite distinct from those of their more volatile neighbors with whom they have had little in common. To Professor Siebert I am especially indebted for a most painstaking review of my entire manuscript, for its acceptance for publication, and for seeing it through the press of the Ohio State University. Soon their country became overpopulated, and they set out to seek a new and better land.This work deals more particularly with the Sgaw branch of the Karen people. Laufer and Fay Cooper-Cole, of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, for many valuable suggestions, and to Professors J. Finally, I desire to express my gratitude to the Government of Burma for the privilege of undertaking this work. They traveled together till they came to a river called in Karen "Hsi Seh Meh Ywa." Here the old man became impatient at the long time it took the members of the family to cook shellfish and went on ahead, promising to blaze his path that they might follow him through the jungle.
I have often heard the remark that "there is no difference between the Burman and the Karen." It is doubtless because the Government of Burma recognizes that there is a difference in the tribal characteristics, customs, and religion that it has adopted the wise policy of publishing a series of complete studies, of which this purports to be one, of these various peoples. Siebert, of the Ohio State University, for many kindnesses. The old man made a comb made out of this, which surprised them all by its power of conveying eternal youth to all who used it.But I am convinced that in the main the Sgaw exhibit the general characteristics that are truly Karen in the broadest sense of the term. D., who was first to ask me to undertake the preparation of this work, and Rev. This book is, after all, but another by-product of the great missionary enterprise, which seeks to lift the less fortunate peoples of the world to a higher plane of life and enjoyment, and to bring to them the best of our Christian civilization. A great deal has been written about the "Hti Seh Meh Ywa" or, as Dr.I have also omitted any detailed study of the large mass of Karen folklore, which may possibly be incorporated in some future study. If this work should help to make the Karen better known and understood and in any way assist them along their upward path, the writer will feel that it has all been a part of the great task to which he has dedicated his life. Mason called it, the "River of Running Sand,"[2-2] which is, as he thinks, the Gobi Desert. Mason is derived from Fa Hien's description of his travels across that desert. Gilmore suggests the Salwen as being a river that fulfils the requirements of the tradition, but bases his conclusions largely on the reference to the early home of "Htaw Meh Pa" as located on Mount "Thaw Thi," the Olympus of the Karen, which is mentioned in Dr.I had to depend largely on my personal collections, there being no department of Ethnology there. From this region they doubtless made their way down to what is now Yunnan, where perhaps they found a domicile till they were pushed farther south by migrating people advancing behind them.I wish to acknowledge the assistance which I have had from my wife, whose sympathetic interest and accurate knowledge have been of untold value, and also the help I have received from my missionary colleagues, among whom I should mention my father-in-law, Rev. The name "Karen" is an imperfect transliteration of the Burmese word "Kayin," the derivation of which has puzzled students of that language.
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